A Sharia court has annulled the marriage of a man who courted and married a woman without ever seeing her face, only to discover during his wedding day kiss that she had a beard and crossed eyes.
The man, an ambassador in his forties, was to marry a doctor in her thirties, but throughout his courting with her he never saw her face as she was wearing a full niqab veil throughout.
When the day of his wedding finally came, he lifted her veil to kiss her but was shocked to find she had facial hair and a squint.
A guest at the wedding witnessed his reaction:
“He was absolutely horrified.
The bride had a nice personality, but there was a good reason why she was hiding her looks behind a veil.
A divorce was inevitable, and the groom went straight to court leaving his new bride in floods of tears.”
He immediately demanded the marriage be annulled, and Islamic courts agreed.
A source familiar with the court proceedings explained how it came to this:
“Every time the couple met, the bride would do her best hide her entire face.
The woman, who is a physician, was very keen to marry him, as she had had very few suitors, even though she’s well into her 30s.”
The man claimed the family sent him pictures of his bride’s more attractive sister.
Although courts accepted that the marriage was fraudulent, they rejected the diplomat’s demands for $130,000 to cover the cost of the lavish ceremony.